Eventually the state hosted the Moravians, the Schwenkfelders, the Brethren (also known as the Dunkards
, or Dunkers), and the more communal, esoteric Society of the Woman in the Wilderness and the Ephrata Community.
A sect that called itself the Dunkards
had services in the schoolhouse, baptizing new members in the creek across the road.
A German Baptist sect, the members of it were known as Dunkards
or Dunkers, from the German "dip," because of their method of baptism.
German migration to North America began in the late 17th century with the arrival in Pennsylvania of Mennonite colonists, the forerunners of many groups of German Protestants--Amish, Dunkards
, Moravians, and Schwenkfelders--who came to the New World during the next 150 years.
It was the brainchild of Conrad Beissel, a German Pietist who managed to woo away his followers from the Dunkards
, a religious group that believed in triple baptism.